COVID-19 and Methodist Homes

Below you will find our latest information for residents, families and associates, along with PDF links to resources from the CDC that were distributed in our communities concerning COVID-19. Should you need additional information, feel free to contact the Methodist Home Community of concern directly, or call 205-951-2442 for the Mission Support Services office. For additional information, please continue to visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

 

March 23, 2021

Dear Residents, Family Members and Associates:

ALABAMA CARE COMMUNITIES

(Fair Haven, Wesley Gardens & Wesley Place on Honeysuckle)

Understandably, many questions continue to arise as we navigate these days as a community. First and foremost, the safety and welfare of everyone in a Methodist Home is our highest priority, and each of our decisions as an organization are rooted in that foundational principle.

Rigorous screening procedures are conducted for each potential admission to a Methodist Home. Additionally, all associates proceed through a similar screening upon reporting to work each day. Should an associate be prevented from entry due to illness or become ill, a return is permitted only after that individual meets the criteria set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) return-to-work standards for health care personnel.

Please also note that the regulatory guidance from the federal, state and local agencies continues to evolve. Significant focus and vigilance remains in place with respect to continual disinfecting of all areas within our communities, and I encourage all of us to utilize these practices in every environment. Additionally, please be reminded of the specific suggestions which have been published by the CDC:

* Wash your hands often with soap and water (for 15-20 seconds), especially after blowing your nose, sneezing, coughing, using a restroom, or being in common areas; wash your hands after touching surfaces in public areas; avoid touching your face, nose and eyes
* Residents should stay in their rooms as much as possible
* Residents & associates are to wear a face mask in all community public areas, as well as outside when social distancing is not possible
* Social Distancing practices should be utilized (stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times)
* Residents should immediately inform staff, if possible, upon the occurrence of any symptoms (residents continue to be closely monitored for any signs or symptoms of illness, including, but not limited to, COVID-19)

I know you join me in celebrating the newly released visitation guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Governor Kay Ivey’s amended “Safer at Home” Order on March 12. The separation of residents and visitors has undoubtedly been one of the truly painful facets of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the restoration of limited indoor visitation is truly a blessing to all. Acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine has played a significant role on the path to returning to a sense of normalcy. Updated community-specific visitation guidelines have been distributed at each community.

For more information on how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19, see these Public Safety Announcements from the Alabama Department of Public Health, or visit https://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19.

 

FLORIDA CARE COMMUNITIES

(Wesley Haven Villa and Mathison)

Understandably, many questions continue to arise as we navigate these days as a community. First and foremost, the safety and welfare of everyone in a Methodist Home is our highest priority, and each of our decisions as an organization are rooted in that foundational principle.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of Florida have established and adopted additional guidelines for long term care communities such as Wesley Haven Villa and Mathison. Our Florida communities have been open for compassionate care visits and limited indoor visitation for several months, which has been such a relief for our residents and their families. The resumption of appropriate group activities and communal dining have also been welcome where adjustments have been made to prevent spread of COVID-19. Acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine has also played a significant role on the path to returning to a sense of normalcy.

As you would expect, there are a number of guidelines from the State of Florida with which we must comply, and those have been put into policy and guideline format. The categories of visitation, training and required procedures are the result of the Governor’s Taskforce surrounding visitation, and we are most grateful for this guidance. Please contact your administration office for the specific instructions and guidelines for your community.

Significant focus and vigilance remains in place with respect to continual disinfecting of all areas within our communities, and I encourage all of us to utilize these practices in every environment. Additionally, please be reminded of the specific suggestions which have been published by the CDC:
* Wash your hands often with soap and water (for 15-20 seconds), especially after blowing your nose, sneezing, coughing, using a restroom, or being in common areas; wash your hands after touching surfaces in public areas; avoid touching your face, nose and eyes
* Residents should stay in their rooms as much as possible
* It is suggested that face masks be worn in public
* Social Distancing practices should be utilized (stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times)
* Residents should immediately inform staff, if possible, upon the occurrence of any symptoms (residents continue to be closely monitored for any signs or symptoms of illness, including, but not limited to, COVID-19)

Thank you again for your understanding.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT COMMUNITIES

(Epworth House, Wesley Scott Place, Wesley Apartments, Wesley Park Apartments, Wesley Acres, Wesley Acres II and Wesley Glen)

Thank you to everyone for your continued cooperation during this time as we continue to adjust to circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19. As you know, your safety and welfare continues to be our highest priority.

We are happy that we can allow visitors at our communities, but we must all recognize that we are still facing the very real dangers COVID-19 creates. Acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine has played a significant role on the path to returning to a sense of normalcy. Still, limitiing visitors in your apartment to one or two at a time will help ensure that you can maintain proper social distance of at least six feet between you and your visitors. We also recommend that you and your visitors wear a mask while you are together in your apartment. Visitors will be required to self-screen upon arrival for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and also sign in and out when entering and leaving the community.

As a reminder, the CDC has continued to provide specific suggestions for residents to follow:

* Wash your hands often with soap and water (for 15-20 seconds), especially after blowing your nose, sneezing, coughing, using a restroom, or being in common areas; wash your hands after touching surfaces in public areas; avoid touching your face, nose and eyes

* Stay in your apartment as much as possible

* Practice Social Distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times)

* Immediately inform staff if you don’t feel well and stay in your apartment

* Clean and disinfect surfaces often

* Call and check-in on your fellow residents

* Wear a face mask in public settings (covering nose and mouth)

Should you have any questions or concerns, contact your community’s administration office.

CDC Factsheet – What you need to know about COVID-19

CDC Handout – Stop The Spread Of Germs

CDC Handout – Guidance for Using Cloth Face Coverings